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Solution to Puzzle #79 - December 2007 "Gift Package"

On the first day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

Across

  1. START
  2. ALMS
  3. DOUR
  4. STAGE
  5. BEET
  6. ROTE
  7. DECOR
  8. LONER
  9. ROMAN
  10. FORA
  11. COMPARE
  12. HUMMUS
  13. STRIPE
  14. SEER
  15. BADGER
  16. REPUTE
  17. PRISONER
  18. PATIENT
  19. PARASITE
  20. SERENADE
  21. LENS
  22. LOLITA

Down

  1. SURNAME
  2. UPSET
  3. ROE
  4. CURTAIL
  5. ASTROS
  6. BETTER
  7. TERM
  8. SAPIENT
  9. ADOPT
  10. DRESSAGE
  11. MARGIN
  12. ELLE
  13. CARIES
  14. TROMBONE
  15. PROPEL
  16. SERF
  17. HERNANI
  18. DELOUSE
  19. ERATO
  20. TORME
  21. PRADA

Kevin Wald solved the puzzle in 30 minutes.

Note: Several solvers, searching for the hidden word in the grid, came up with unexpected answers – art, astronaceous, box, decorous, enigma, gem, pastries, present(s), star, strip (möbius), tag, taster, trip, and truce. As I suggested to these imaginative people, I am not as devious as they suppose. When I hide a word, it's always in plain sight.

December Puzzle Solvers
(The first ten are listed in the order their solutions were received, the others alphabetically)

  1. Lewis Gee – Poway, CA
  2. Carolyn G. & Robert M. Smith – Massena, NY
  3. Dina Fertig – Cherry Hill, NJ
  4. Gerald Hurtubise – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  5. Kris Green – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  6. Judy Adamski – Jenison, MI
  7. Steve Tice – Great Falls, VA
  8. Elizabeth and Keith Falkner – Sarasota, FL
  9. Mary Lyndal Nyberg – Manhattan, KS
  10. John Gliessman – Seattle, WA


Al Backiel – Ridgewood, NJ
Judith Bagai – Portland, OR
Jim Baker – Dunnellon, FL
Mark Baur – Hudson, WI
Peggy Bedell – Northampton, MA
Jonathan Belsky – St Louis, MO
Robert Brown – Albuquerque, NM
Jim Christenson – Port Townsend, WA
Charlene Coates – Coatesville, PA
Henry Cook – Chicago, IL
Patricia Coppersmith – Venice, FL
Al Damm – Marshall, WI
Norman W. Davis – Englewood, NJ
Matthew Field – London, UK
Stan Francuz – Forster NSW, Australia
Dwight Freund – Sacramento, CA
Michael N. Geselowitz – Cedarhurst, NY
Max Goodman – Chicago, IL
Paul Gordon – Northbrook, IL
Vicki Homer – Philadelphia, TN
Grace Janeshek – Lake Jackson, TX
Al Kahn – Houston, TX
Dave Kaplan – New City, NY
Rick Kasten – Alexandria, VA
Eliot Kieval – New York, NY
Stan Kurzban – Chappaqua, NY
Mike Lessie – Douglassvile, PA
Richard Letourneau – Bonita Springs, FL
Carol Marsh – Greensboro, NC
Allan Mayoff – San Felipe, Baja Norte, Mexico
Roy McLeese – Washington, DC
Daniel J. Milton – Vienna, VA
Paul Noack – West Bloomfield, MI
Priscilla Olson – Framingham, MA
Patrick D. Phillips – Bainbridge Island, WA
Ned Robert – Los Gatos, CA
Joe Rogers – Old Greenwich, CT
Charles J. Rohrmann, Jr. – Scarsdale, NY
Carolyn Roosevelt – Cambridge, MA
Mordy Rosen – Berkeley, CA
Dexter Senft – Bedford, NY
Donald Stanley – Denver, CO
Edward Stejskal – Raleigh, NC
Claire Trazenfeld – Crownsville, MD
Ed Wallerstein – Prairie Village, KS
Margaret Webster – Medford, MA
Thomas Wilson – South Williamsport, PA
Jay Winter – Farmington Hills, MI